One of the alternatives open to individuals and couples who cannot have children of their own is surrogacy. Surrogate parenting is where a woman carries and gives birth to your baby. There are two different types, traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. You must understand the difference between the two before even considering a surrogate mother. These two types of surrogacy are quite different from one another.
n a traditional surrogate pregnancy, the egg of the surrogate would be fertilized with the sperm of the father via artificial insemination. This means the baby will share genetic material with the birth mother. This may be an option for those turning to close friends or relatives for help, or who are single and want to have a baby but can’t because they are infertile or male. Traditional surrogate parenting can get tricky because laws differ from state to state, and it is remotely possible in some states for the birth mother to retain the right to change her mind and keep the baby.
The most popular type is gestational surrogacy, because the surrogate and the baby share no genetic link. This is a more expensive type of surrogacy program, but one preferred by many parents. For example if there is a father and mother who want a baby with their genetics the mother’s eggs will be removed and fertilized by collected sperm through IVF or in-vitro fertilization. Then the eggs will be implanted in the surrogate in the hope of pregnancy. Parents should know that depending on the number of eggs implanted multiple births may result. The issue of elective reduction is another that must be hammered out before any surrogacy takes place.
There are some people who are fine with traditional surrogacy because they feel the love shared by them and their child is far greater than any genetic link. As far as the birth mother wanting to keep her baby, this is an issue that rarely arises. Parents don’t usually need to worry about a custody battle, however understanding your state laws regarding traditional surrogacy and having a strong legal contract to protect your rights is essential. The type of surrogate parenting that is right for you depends on your finances and of course what you prefer. Reading up on the issue and meeting with surrogate parenting agencies for consultations can help you make a decision.